One helluva storm
The rain hit hard and caused serious damage around the region...
DESPITE a death and three rescues from flooded roadways across the region at the weekend, drivers have continued to ignore the “if it’s flooded, forget it,” message.
As heavy rain again fell Monday afternoon, Eddie and Zeny Herold had to abandon their car after it was washed off the side of Bundaberg-Gin Gin Rd near Bingera Mill.
Mr Herold said he was following a four-wheel drive when the water rose rapidly and swept their car off the road.
“It started twisting and I tried to hold it,” he said.
“We were lucky we got out.”
Mr Herold said it was a lesson learnt for him and he urged other motorists to be careful and not to be tempted to cross floodwaters.
On Sunday night a 20-year-old Bundaberg woman managed to escape uninjured after driving into floodwaters north of Childers.
Friends of the woman said she came around a sharp bend on Farnsfield Rd and didn’t see the floodwaters until it was too late.
She was lucky to make it out before her car was washed away.
On the NewsMail’s Facebook page Stacy Alicia said “the person that was driving didn’t know there was water, there was no rain at the time and it was dark”.
“Yes very lucky after what happened and the person is fine, just very shaken up,” she wrote.
“There were no signs on the road saying the road was closed nor were there any lights around, just headlights. And even then it’s hard to see around there.”
Childers Police officer-in-charge Sergeant Geoff Fay said police went to Farnsfield Rd after the car was washed into the Gregory River about 9pm Sunday.
He said the woman called her mother to let her know she had escaped from the car but her mobile phone battery went dead and, when her mother couldn’t get through again, alerted police.
Childers and Bundaberg police attended the scene and swiftwater rescue teams were on standby, but the woman was not there.
She had managed to call her sister to pick her up and they were 6km from Bundaberg when they ran out of petrol and again called their mother for help.
Sgt Fay said ultimately drivers needed to take responsibility for their actions and drive to the conditions.
“In times when there are warnings or serious storms, people should stick to the routes that they know, stick to the main roads,” he said.
“If something does occur generally there are other people around who can offer assistance even if it’s just to alert emergency services.
“We can’t help them if we don’t know about it.
“A lot of rural roads have a lot of low level crossings; they come up and down without warning.”
OFF ROAD: Eddie and Zeny Herold had a close call when their car was washed off the Bundaberg-Gin Gin Rd by floodwater.
FORGET IT: A submerged car in the Gregory River on Farnsfield Road.